They are plenty of things to see and do when you stay at the Beach Shell Inn in Fort Myers Beach. The area is very historic. The Mound House, also known as the William H. Case House, is Estero Island’s oldest standing structure and dates back to 1906. It sits on an ancient Calusa Indian mound. 2000 years of island life is contained on the site including ash pits, postmolds and objects used in Calusa living including pottery, ornamental items and shell and bone tools. Also, the early Calusa Indians were called the “Fierce People”. They were known for having developed a complex culture based on estuarine fisheries rather than agriculture.
The Mound House offers botanical and archaeological tours. Summer tours run from May 1 to Sept. 30 and meet on top of the mound at the picnic tables.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to noon. The last tour is at 1:30 p.m.
Tours are usually about an hour in length.
The Mound House is only minutes from the Beach Shell Inn. Come and discover how Estero Island’s earliest residents lived! (239) 765-0865.